Peaches Peaches Everywhere

It’s peach season in Texas.  Of course, I wouldn’t know it because I’ve been cooped up in my office writing all summer.  But, my husband took my kids to Fredericksburg to go peach picking last weekend… which means we had dozens and dozens of delicious peaches. So, I had to make the sacrifice and stop writing for a bit to make a pie.  And some jam.  And a cobbler.  Feel sorry for me?  I thought so.  Here’s my top-secret, world-famous(ish) fresh peach pie recipe.  It takes some time… but it’s totally worth it. Fresh Peach Pie Crust: 1 1/2 cubes butter 2 cups flour 1 tsp salt ice water Put flour, salt and butter in a bowl.  Use a pastry blender to mix butter and flour until pea-sized crumbs form.  Slowly add ice water, mixing with your hands a little as possible until a sticky, crumbly dough forms.  Roll out on a Silpat mat and place into a pie pan.  Decorate edges as you desire. Filling: 8 cups peaches, peeled and sliced (I dip mine in boiling water for 2 minutes to make them easy to peel) 1/2 cup sugar squeeze of lime 2 tbsp minute tapioca 1 tbsp cinnamon 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg Mix into a large bowl and pour into crust. It will mound quite a bit on top. Topping 2 cups brown sugar 1 cups flour 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp. salt 1 cup melted butter Crumble on top of pie. Bake at 425 for 25 minutes with a pie crust protector around the edges (if you don’t have a crust protector, tin foil will...

A New Contract!

  See that pretty piece of paper sitting on my kitchen counter?!  That would be the reason that I’ve been all but MIA on social media and at social functions lately.  The reason that I’ve been prying into your personal parenting lives ad nauseum on Facebook.  The reason that I feel like jumping up and down and screaming right now…   Because that, my friends, is my FOUR book contract from Thomas Nelson.  Get ready for The Christian Mama’s Guide to just about everything, coming to bookstores in Spring 2013. (Also, as a side note:  MY MIA status and constant peppering with questions will continue for the foreseeable future…all four books are due October 1st… so needless to say, if you’re wondering where I am, I’m probably...

The Case of the Disappearing Mommy

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been MIA for a while.  Not blogging.  Not checking blogs.  Not doing anything other than hunkering down behind my computer and working, working, working. Of course, I have a great excuse. I’m working on a big book deadline along with a smaller work deadline and all in the midst of trying to spend time with my kids when they are off school for the summer and with my husband when he’s taking his one two-week reprieve from work for the year.  But good excuse or not, I’m struggling with it. I’m struggling to keep my head above water. I’m struggling to stay focused when I desperately need a nap and some quiet time. And most of all, I’m struggling with the fact that I’m supposed to be a stay-at-home mom and yet I’m spending more time working than with my kids. I’m sure they’ve noticed that I’ve upped my babysitting hours this summer in order to finish these deadlines.  And I’m sure they’ve noticed that I’ve been around much at all. I think this is the eternal dilemma for moms:  We want to be there while our kids are young, but we also have dreams, hopes and careers of our own.  How do we balance that?  Without losing ourselves and our kids in the process? As I’ve contemplated this, I’ve spent some time asking Mr. Google for work/life balance ideas.  Here are a few that I’ve come up with, but I’d love it if you could add to the list.  How do you balance life and parenting with positive results? 4 Tips for...
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